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ZTE Score M Review

ZTE Score M

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ZTE Score M Review
Mainly due to its weak earpiece and speakerphone, it’s almost impossible to hold conversations in areas where there is a lot of background noise. Making matters worse, it doesn’t help when voices on our end are rather monotone in quality.

Strangely, the ZTE Score M appears to have a general weak connection to the network as its signal strength is usually around the -102 dBm mark. Compounding the headache, it has never managed to obtain full bars during our usage.

Taking into account that it doesn’t even offer 3G connectivity, we were expecting to see it excel in the battery life department. Sadly, that isn’t the case, as we find ourselves having the need to charge it every night. Specifically, after a single day of normal usage, its battery level is dangerously low at 10 percent.


So, what did we see with the ZTE Score M? Essentially, this is one of those kinds of smartphones where the notion of “you get what you paid for” is its perfect summation. Indeed, it’s wonderful that it’s priced at $50 without a contract, but even with that, we know it’s possible to find something that whips up a decent overall experience. Unfortunately, this isn’t that device, and instead, it’s the epitome of cheap in every way, shape, and form. For an additional $40, you’re better off picking up the HTC Wildfire S for MetroPCS.

Software version of the reviewed unit:
Android Version: 2.3.4
Software Version: X500M_TA_16
Kernel Version:

ZTE Score M Review:


  • Really cheap price
  • Lightweight


  • Cheap feeling construction
  • Bland design
  • Sluggish overall performance
  • Inadequate battery life
  • Terrible signal strength
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ZTE Score M

ZTE Score M

OS: Android 2.3.4
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Display3.5 inches, 320 x 480 pixels (165 ppi) TFT
Camera3.2 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 600 MHz
Size4.41 x 2.44 x 0.54 inches
(112 x 62 x 14 mm)
4.80 oz  (136 g)

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